More speaking online
Parimal and Chanmeet: Online we did more speaking than on location. Moreover, it is very good for listening. On the other hand, we practised less writing. Those were the advantages when lockdown forced Suitcase talen to go online. However I experiencwed disadvantages also. For the online classes I needed more concentration than on location, and we missed the good atmosphere in the classroom and the socializing.
It was OK to do the exams at home, there was no difference with doing the exams in the classroom, except the speaking exam. We did that on Zoom and for me that was more difficult than in the classroom.
B1 class Tuesday/ Thursday Spring 2020. Started on location and, during lockdown, continued online.
Lyudmyla: I agree that online we did more speaking and less writing. Like most of our class, I missed personal contact . For me the advantage was that I did not need to travel nor ‘to dress’ for class.
Doing the tests at home, students can cheat. In case a student has some technical problem, there is no teacher who can help to solve that problem. However I greatly appreciate the possibilty to finish the course online when on March 16 lockdown started and I thank Suitcase talen for it!
To switch to online to finish our course was a good idea
Pavithra: The biggest advantage of going online was that we could continue class and that we could see each other. On the other hand we could not always hear everybody that well.
Online I learned more speaking, words and grammar than on location, but I learned less writing. I missed to meet everybody personally, but I was very happy that after class I did not need to drive home in the late evening.
As to the tests, I worried a bit about the timing and the internet connection, but everything went well. I was happy that Suitcase talen gave us the possibility to finish the course with Zoom classes.
Nadine: Going online gave good listening opportunities and you have no travel costs. I did not like to send my homework per mail nor did I like that we did our speaking exercises by phone. But I did not miss classroom atmosphere: exercising on Zoom in groups of two was interesting as well.
I liked to do the exams at home, there was no alternative.
Online classes are very comfortable
Sandra: It is very comfortable to join the classes from home and it is more effcicient as to time. Moreover, you can hear the pronunciation much better than in the classroom.
Online I learnt as much as on location, there was no difference for me and doing the tests from home was no problem. However I missed the informal conversations with my fellow students in the classroom.
Lucy: I agree with Sandra that Suitcase talen followed the rules and that Margreet found a good solution to continue classes. I missed my fellow students but on the other hand it was nice to see them at home. Besides, it was interesting and practical to do the tests from home.
Finally I agree with my fellow students that we learned more words, but did less writing. But I was very happy that we could both continue and stay home safely.